Work Productivity Loss in Young Workers Is Substantial and Is Associated With Spinal Pain and Mental Ill-health Conditions
2017 (English)In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, ISSN 1076-2752, E-ISSN 1536-5948, Vol. 59, no 3, 237-245 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: The aim of this study was to estimate the effect of spinal pain and mental ill-health conditions on work productivity in 22-year-old workers.
Methods: A cross-sectional design using data from the Raine Study cohort (n = 867) including self-reported work productivity and self-report of health practitioner diagnosed medical conditions.
Result: Mean (median, 25th-percentile, 75th-percentile) annualized cost of health-related absenteeism was $AUD1899 ($0, $0, $1738) per worker. Annualized cost of presenteeism was $AUD10,674 ($6573, $4003, $13,087) per worker. Spinal pain and mental ill-health conditions were associated with increased health-related absenteeism, but not presenteeism.
Conclusion: Work productivity loss in young workers is a substantial problem needing priority attention. Addressing spinal pain and mental ill-health may improve productivity of this important sector of the workforce.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2017. Vol. 59, no 3, 237-245 p.
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-57018DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000990ISI: 000395904800003PubMedID: 28267094OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-57018DiVA: diva2:1088304
University of Western Australia
University of Western Australia Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Telethon Kids Institute
Women's and Infant's Research Foundation at King Edward Memorial Hospital
Edith Cowan University
National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia 1027449 1044840 1021855 1036778 1019980
Safe Work Australia2017-04-122017-04-122017-04-12Bibliographically approved